Meet Our Instructors

 

Adrienne LaPierre is a freelance technology consultant who specializes in the design and development of online educational content. She also works as a tech integrationist at Guilford Central School and Putney Central School. Adrienne holds a master’s degree in Teaching with Technology from Marlboro College. She is passionate about helping people of all ages become more confident users of technology. Visit www.adriennelapierre.com for more information.
Amelia Stone is a former teacher, curriculum coordinator, and principal who brings more than 30 years of classroom experience at the elementary, middle and college level to the classroom. Amelia is also a certified yoga instructor and is the Interim Director of the Learning Collaborative.
Ana Rawson has been teaching pre-k through university level for 30 years. The first ten years were spent in Southern California working as a director for Head Start- Follow Through pre K through grade two, and later as a lead teacher in a dual bilingual program for 5 years. In 1988, she established the ESOL program for WSESU where she is currently directing the program, and teaching at BUHS. During these years she has been involved in acquiring grants to enhance the program, curriculum development, and state projects to meet the requirements of NCLB. Such projects have included writing standards, and test items for the ACCESS test, serving on bias reviews teams, working on standard test alignments at the University of Wisconsin, and developing Staff Development for teachers of ELLs. Ana is currently teaching at SIT in the Master of Teaching Program, and has taught SIOP classes for St. Michaels University. The All Kids class was developed especially for teachers in WSESU working with ELLs in order to meet the requirements of NCLB, and federal mandates.
Ben Lord came to the sciences by way of natural history. He holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and a MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University where he took course mainly so that he could learn more about the woods. Ben’s other natural habitat is the library. (He has four librarian in his extended family.) While working the night shift in the library at Landmark College and completing a naturalist training course during the day, Ben decided to combine his two loves and become a science teacher. Currently, he teaches biology, chemistry, and Earth science at Brattleboro Union High School and writes for Northern Woodlands magazine.
Heidi Pancake received her BA in art from Wheaton College and her Master of  Arts in Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Spanish  from The School for International Training World Learning. She has been  teaching ESOL in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union since 2009.
Jennifer Stanchfield, MS: Jen’s depth of experience, creativity, and knowledge of educational theory and practice is evident in her innovative yet practical workshops and publications in which she incorporates the art of facilitation and teaching with brain-based and pedagogical research. In her 25 years as an educator, Jen has worked as a classroom teacher, a clinician in mental health treatment centers for children, adolescents and adults, as an adventure educator, and in professional training, adult education, and organizational teambuilding. Jen earned her masters degree in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and continues to pursue the latest research on the brain and learning, pedagogy and the emerging field of educational neuroscience. Through these experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of evidence-informed experiential activities, tools and strategies she brings to her engaging and informative workshops, publications, and teaching resources. She works with schools, colleges, training and community organizations over the world — helping educators increase engagement, promote social-emotional skills and facilitate meaningful reflection and group dialogue to increase learning outcomes.

Jen is founder and director of Experiential Tools, an organization focused on helping educators fill their toolbox with quality, unique, and user-friendly methods to enhance learning, build community, and promote meaningful reflection and application of learning experiences. She is author of Tips and Tools: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, the new book Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons, and co-author of A Teachable Moment: A Facilitator’s Guide to Activities for Processing, Debriefing, Reviewing and Reflection She is also creator and regular contributor to the Inspired Educator Blog at experientialtools.com.